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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Australian Body Art 

This weekend, 24 through 26 August, 2007, sees the inaugural Australian Body Art Carnival at Eumundi, described as the vibrant heart of creativity on Australia's Sunshine Coast. Visitors to the festival were looking forward to being entertained by bands and street performers and to be mesmerised by some of the best artistry from around the world.

Then, climate change struck. Eumundi recorded the heaviest rainfalls in any 24-hour period since records began and there has been widespread flooding.

The downpour was caused by a low pressure system over south-east Queensland; such events usually occur in late autumn or early winter, but are very rare in August, and you have to go back to the early 1880s to find the last occurrence.

However, defiant organisers insist that the festival will go ahead, albeit in modified form.

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